We offer a vibrant drama and performing arts programme. As well as timetabled drama lessons, girls can take LAMDA classes and each year group also rehearses and performs a play or musical at some point throughout the academic year.
We have dedicated drama studios at Spencer House and all girls use our performing arts space at Wilberforce House, which has a professional theatrical set up with lighting and sound, a stage and tiered seating.
Our professional productions showcase an incredible amount of acting and musical ability. Over the past few years Study girls have performed School of Rock, The Snowman, Legally Blonde, Honk Jnr and Matilda.
“The Performing Arts department at The Study is exceptional. The drive, energy and dedication of the teaching team is endless. From Reception, teachers begin to instil confidence in the girls and they’re provided with endless opportunities to participate in group shows, auditioned performances, musicals and orchestral recitals. ”Year 5 parent
“I was backstage for Matilda and I enjoyed it very much. My role was to do follow spot and I learnt a lot of new things and a new skill. I would definitely recommend it to younger years because if you get stage fright then you can still be involved, even if you are not in the spotlight.”Annabel, Year 6
Above all, we want our girls to enjoy the fun of creating and performing music. Pupils get involved in music from Reception, where we offer two classroom music lessons a week with our Head of Music.
We have orchestras, choirs, ensembles and a wide range of performance opportunities open to Study girls. Our aim is to ensure that every girl has the chance to get involved in music, no matter what her level of ability. Musical performance is very much a part of daily school life.Read more
Girls take part in daily music assemblies and can sing in lunch time choirs at both Houses. Class concerts, tea time recitals and music afternoons all make up our schedule, offering plenty of informal ways to perform.
As girls move up through the school and develop passions for particular instruments they can join ensemble groups, including Sassy Brassy, Jazz Club, Vanessa’s Violins, Wowza Woodwinds and Suzuki Cellos. We often take our musicians for taster days at leading senior schools and of course we have our annual Christmas and summer concerts.
Our School Choir and Orchestra perform at special events at a variety of venues for charities and other good causes. In the past five years, Study girls have played at:
- The Scratch Youth Messiah at The Royal Albert Hall
- Barnardo’s concerts at The Barbican
- Merton Live at The New Wimbledon Theatre
- Local charitable events for The Wimbledon Guild
- Harvest and Christmas concerts at Sacred Heart Church
Individual music lessons
In addition to class music, we have 10 peripatetic music teachers who offer our girls the chance to learn an astounding range of musical instruments, from piano and violin to the oboe and harp.
Lessons mostly take place during the school day. Girls are taken out of non-core curriculum lessons and break times. There are also a limited number of Peripatetic lessons delivered before and after school. We encourage parents to be as involved as possible with their daughters’ music tuition.
“Although many of our girls leave us at 11+ as accomplished musicians, our focus is primarily that they enjoy music making and achieve their best, while having fun!”Mrs Brown, Head of Music
“I credit The Study with discovering and nurturing our daughter’s love for music.”Year 6 parent
A hub of creativity
specialist teachers who are experts in the fields of drama, music, dance and art
percent of our timetable is dedicated to the creative arts
senior school creative arts scholarships offered in the last three years
Girls in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all take part in weekly ballet lessons, run by specialist teachers who teach the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum up to Grade 1. Ballet encourages good posture and builds confidence; we believe it helps our girls learn to stand tall with their heads held high.
From Year 3 onwards our girls get lots of opportunities to take part in co-curricular dance clubs, including Creative Dance, Acro Dance and Musical Theatre Dance. Creative Dance includes a wide variety of styles, including Jazz, Street Dance, Ballroom and Lyrical.
Our teachers are nothing if not creative when it comes to art! In the early years at Wilberforce House, art is taught through our creative curriculum. Reception class paint their own watercolour family portraits when learning about themselves and Year 1 recently recreated Hokusai’s iconic Great Wave of Kanagawa entirely out of textiles in the school hall.
Our bright and airy art studio at Spencer House allows girls to try their hand at every kind of art technique. We develop technical skills, from fine art to sculpture and printing to textiles work, and girls learn about different artists and designers to inspire the work they create.
We enter our pupils into art competitions, visit galleries and host art exhibitions for parents. In addition, girls can choose to join our Art Appreciation and Art History Clubs.
Artsmark Gold Award
We have been awarded the Artsmark Gold Award three times in recent years, confirming and celebrating our commitment to the arts.
The award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.